Question: What does the Bible say regarding the religious training of our children?
Answer: The Scriptures show that it is the responsibility of the parent(s) to train up their children in the way they should go (Proverbs 22: 6). It is of utmost importance that the parents first lay down a good foundation of Truth for themselves so that they may be able to teach their children accurately. For young children, a sound understanding of Bible stories and their context is a good basis on which to build a doctrinal understanding later. Conversations on Biblical themes at mealtimes and games centered around Bible stories are helpful. Encouraging the memorizing of various Scriptures such as Psalms 23 and 100, our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount, the Lord’s Prayer, etc. may prove beneficial. Parents should ask basic Bible questions and always be willing to discuss any Bible questions their children may bring up.
For older children, a regular study of appropriate Truth literature, along with a Bible, may be preferable. At the age of 15 or even earlier in some cases the reading and studying of Volume I, The Divine Plan of the Ages, and the other five volumes of Studies in the Scriptures should be encouraged. Children of appropriate age should be trained in the habit of regular class attendance so that they learn the discipline of class behavior and protocol.
Any good bookstore will contain material of a Biblical nature that will help the youngsters. Organizations such as Focus on the Family sell a wide range of low-cost material along this line. As a cautionary note to parents: Read the material yourself before passing it on to your children to verify its doctrinal soundness.